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The Michael J. Fox Foundation Debuts New Clinical Trial Matching Tool Fox Trial Finder

Web-based smart-match tool to connect volunteers with clinical trials launches in beta

NEW YORK July 14, 2011

Todd Sherer

Using state-of-the-art technology, Fox Trial Finder compares volunteer information such as location and medical history with trial eligibility requirements to find the best potential matches at study sites nearby. The service matches both people with Parkinson’s and control volunteers with the trials that need them. In addition to personalized matching, Fox Trial Finder streamlines communication between volunteers and trial teams:

  • A secure messaging system allows volunteers to connect directly with trial coordinators (or vice versa) without the volunteers’ revealing their identities.
  • Contact information for trial coordinators is posted within the online community for those who prefer to contact a site directly.
  • Volunteers can also create a personal profile. Once this profile is saved, even if there are no current trial matches, they can receive email alerts when a new trial begins recruiting individuals with their characteristics.

Volunteers’ privacy is protected by industry-standard security protocols. Only de-identified profiles are viewable on the site itself. Names and contact information remain private unless volunteers choose to share this information with a trial team.  

Both interventional trials that test new therapeutic approaches, and observational studies that help scientists learn more about the nature of Parkinson’s, are included in the Fox Trial Finder database.

Israel Robledo Midland, Texas

About The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

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SOURCE The Michael J. Fox Foundation

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